a State of su-Zen

Suzan, an art graduate from High Wycombe Buckinghamshire, England, has been living in Lebanon for almost forty years now. Her first visit to the country took place after she was invited to stay at her friend’s house in Jezzine.

After coming back the next year for a second vacation, Suzan managed to get a job in Lebanon, teaching English and Arts. After attending a yoga class, liking the philosophy and the teachings, Suzan adopted the meditation lifestyle and went later to Japan for four years to get her own yoga-teaching diploma. Twenty years following the opening of her center, Suzan had to give up her space due to a hip injury, closing, emptying and bringing back home all of her belongings from her classroom. Having an interest in collecting art crafts, artworks, ornaments and anything she might find interesting, Suzan found her house stacking up with memories and possessions over time. Previously-stray cats keep her company at home, as she had rescued and sheltered many, one of which born without eyes, another with a glass ball.


She went back to practicing yoga two months after her injury, and now grows plants in her garden, feeds the cats that live inside and outside her house, collects plastic gallons for recycling, and manages to give classes, although she did not heal completely.


Although some neighbors are not on good terms with her because of the cats she keeps around and the fact that she’s a little untidy – as she describes, Suzan considers those issues to be tests to her advancement in the spiritual field, as she always tries to keep a peaceful mind and to stay positive, regardless of the situation.

Suzan hides her purple eye; she fell again on her broken hip, and also hit her forehead
Beirut, 2016

Susan poses with her blind cat “Happy” in her kitchen
Beirut, 2016

Suzan feeds her always-hungry cats from a cat-food can in the kitchen
Beirut, 2016

Suzan stands in the middle of her bedroom, wandering through her thoughts
Beirut, 2016

Two of Suzan’s cats clean themselves up as they stand by their usual resting area: the library shelves
Beirut, 2016

Suzan leans and looks outside from her window
Beirut, 2016

Ornaments, pictures, figurines and puppets collected by Suzan over time
Beirut, 2016

Suzan poses while holding a photo album of herself back when she was younger
Beirut, 2016

Suzan looks at her younger self and shares memories from her past
Beirut, 2016

Suzan stands in the middle of her room and wonders how to arrange her belongings
Beirut, 2016

Suzan plays with one of her cats while the others stand by their food plate
Beirut, 2016

Suzan’s bedroom. Some items get relocated when she tries to tidy up her space
Beirut, 2016

Suzan poses by the window at the yoga center before her students arrive
Beirut, 2016

Suzan instructs and demonstrates stretching techniques while her students work along
Beirut, 2016

Suzan demonstrates some yoga positions after class was over
Beirut, 2016

Suzan takes a moment in her garden and turns away from the camera after arguing with a rival neighbor
Beirut, 2016

Suzan contemplates the view from her roof after hanging her clothes for drying and throwing breadcrumbs to the birds
Beirut, 2016

Suzan demonstrates and performs yoga poses from her yoga reference book, 2016

Suzan demonstrates and performs yoga poses from her yoga reference book, 2016

Suzan flaunts her flexibility  and stretches out her left leg, 2016

Suzan poses for a portrait photograph, 2016

Suzan poses for a portrait photograph, 2016

Suzan poses for a portrait photograph, 2016

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